Sunday, January 4, 2015

Chris Jones Leads No. 5 Louisville Past Wake Forest on the Road

(5) Louisville 85
Wake Forest 76

Final from Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Game recap by UL:

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) - Chris Jones scored 20 of his 22 points in the second half and No. 5 Louisville won its Atlantic Coast Conference debut, pulling away to beat Wake Forest 85-76 on Sunday night.

Jones added a career-high 10 assists and Montrezl Harrell had 25 points and 13 rebounds for the Cardinals (13-1, 1-0). They let a 13-point lead slip away before Jones took over late, scoring 14 points in the final 8 minutes and leading the decisive 16-3 run.

Devin Thomas had a career-high 31 points and 11 rebounds for Wake Forest (8-7, 0-2), which led 69-68 on Konstantinos Mitoglou's layup with just under 6 minutes to play.

Jones put Louisville ahead to stay two possessions later with a contested jumper that started decisive run. He was 6 for 6 from the free-throw line in the final 5 minutes for Louisville, which scored on nine of its last 10 possessions.

Codi Miller-McIntyre and freshman Mitchell Wilbekin had 14 points apiece for Wake Forest, which had its three-game winning streak snapped but won't have to wait long for another shot at a top-five team: No. 2 Duke visits later this week.

Terry Rozier added 18 points for the Cardinals, who are playing in their eighth basketball conference and their third in three years, with their one-season stint in the American Athletic Conference in 2013-14 coming after the Big East broke up.

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